The Canadian Imagination

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Eating the ballot

Even though Elections Canada expressly forbids eating the ballot "to protect the integrity of the voting process and Canadians' trust in the integrity of the electoral system", the Edible Ballot Society recognises that it is already a lost cause. (They even offer recipes!) Nothing against the hard-working people at Elections Canada (and I have been one of them before), but there are very few Canadians out there who could not think of just about any better use for all the money being spent on this election than trying to find out just how low we can drive the percentage of voting Canadians.

Building a shelter for homeless cats comes to mind.

Or perhaps an umbrella fund for soon-to-be-jobless Tory public relations people, given that the current Tory ad campaign might be seriously backfiring?
A survey of 1,350 undecided voters who saw the Tory television ads were asked last week to pass judgment. Fifty-nine per cent said the ads would have no impact on their vote. But 19% said the spots made them more likely to vote Liberal, and nine per cent said the ads pushed them toward the NDP. In other words, more than a quarter said they were inclined to do the opposite of what the ads intended. Only 12% said the ads made them more likely to vote for the party that actually paid for them ...
Just don't call it "Gomery".

I'll have a blue Christmas without you;
I'll be so blue thinking about you.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't mean a thing if you don't vote for me

I'll have a blue Christmas, that's certain;
Because without you, it's curtains
You'll be doing all right when I drop out of sight,
but I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.


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